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Facebook Blocked In Egypt? Rumors Persist, But No Confirmation

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The Huffington Post   First Posted: 01/26/11 07:00 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:30 PM ET

Rumors are flying that the Egyptian government is now restricting access to Facebook after blocking Twitter yesterday, according to TechCrunch and sources on Twitter. In Alexandria, @antikano tweets:

FACEBOOK & TWITTER are now FULLY BLOCKED IN EGYPT #Jan25

Blocking FB & TWITTER in EGYPT won't only affect those 2 sites, but it'll affect surfing speed of any website uses dependable plugins #Jan25

However, a complete block has not been confirmed. A Facebook spokesman says the company has not received an unusual number of disruption of service complaints, but that users can monitor the site Herdict.org to keep tabs on complaints, reports cnet.com.

A quick trip over to Herdict shows that more people are reporting Facebook unaccessible than accessible in the country right now. This does not necessarily correlate to a complete block, however.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confronted Egypt today over its violent treatment of protestors, specifically mentioning the media interference. At a press conference, Clinton said:

"We believe strongly that the Egyptian government has an important opportunity at this moment in time to implement political, economic and social reforms to respond to the legitimate needs and interests of the Egyptian people," Clinton said in a statement with Jordan's Nasser Judeh at her side.

"We urge the Egyptian authorities not to prevent peaceful protests or block communications including on social media sites," Clinton told reporters in the most blunt comments to date by the United States urging Mubarak to undertake reforms.

For those with Facebook access, the Facebook page We are all Khaled Said is still operating. If you know more about Facebook access in Egypt, email us at world@huffingtonpost.com.

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